Every year, the Texas State Library chooses 20 or so books that will appeal to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade readers.
When the list is announced, Bethany and Bonnie like to go on a shopping spree at the book vendor's to make sure we can get these books in your hands.
These are the books we're most excited about having available soon at Bastrop Public Library.
MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play", Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth, Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth, Josh Cooke as Banquo/Others, JD Cullum as Macduff/Second Murderer, Dan Donohue as Ross, Jeannie Elias as Second Witch/Others, Chuma Hunter-Gault as Lennox/Servant, Jon Matthews as Malcolm, Alan Shearman as Angus/Others, André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain/Third Witch/Others, Kate Steele as Lady Macduff/First Witch/Apparition, and Kristoffer Tabori as Duncan/Others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May of 2011.
THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey
With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways. Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves. “Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’” —Kirkus Reviews
The #1 and #2 spot in the box office this past weekend were both held by African-American directors: Ava DuVernay for A Wrinkle in Time and Ryan Coogler for Black Panther. Yay for diversity!
If you, like many of those movie-goers over the past month, absolutely loved Black Panther, we've got the comic books available for you to check out in the Teen Room: YA GRN Coa.
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett - YA F Faw
Kamzin grew up in a village on the edge of her kingdom's habitable land. Beyond are the witches' forest and Raksha, a mountain that is ridiculously tall and ridiculously dangerous to try to climb thanks to its frigid weather. But, Kamzin, an intrepid climber, joins River, the Royal Explorer, on his mission to climb Raksha, where the witches' lost city is rumored to have been. Will Kamzin and River and the rest of the time make it? Or will the biting winds and the biting monsters get them first?
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen - YA F Van
Wren is bitter. Wren is angry. Wren is pissed. How dare she be shipped off to the Utah wilderness to camp? How dare she be forced to cooperate with her camp-mates in order to survive? This must be child abuse. But, maybe, a tiny voice that sounds like reason whispers, Wren deserves it. I mean, she has been drinking, smoking pot, lying, and stealing. Maybe this is what Wren needs to help turn her life around. I mean, her parents thought it was worth a shot since they are the ones who kindapped her in the middle of the night to send her to wilderness therapy camp.
Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale - YA F Mac
Bobby Pendragon is a normal 14 year-old boy until his Uncle Press whisks him away through time and space to a new world called Denduron. A new world that is in need of a savior, and, luckily for them, Bobby is to be that savior! Bobby will have to battle strange beings, defeat a magical tyrant, and end a dangerous revolution. Will he be up to the challenge?
Genuine Fraud is available for check-out from BPL at YA F Loc.
An unreliable narrator is a narrator you can't trust. Did you read a book with an untrustworthy character and/or narrator? Did you like it? WHy or why not?
We've got this one in spades! You can check-out The Woman in Cabin 10 from the adult fiction section: F War and CD Book F War and as an ebook and eaudiobook from Libby/OverDrive.
What book that you read this year kept you on the edge of your seat?
These espionage thrillers will keep you turning the pages! Some of them are also genre-crossovers, with the authors putting their James Bond-like character in a fantasy or historical setting. Either way, you'll probably learn how to pick a lock!
Mysteries seem to be a popular genre no matter the age of the reader. Because, honestly, who doesn't want to figure out whodunit?